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What does 68 Division 1 NCAA teams duking it out against each other with nothing else but a pair of good sneakers, one basketball, sweat, grit, and sheer determination look like? It looks like March Madness, where in a timespan just shy of a month, conference teams compete for one invitation — an invitation to the big show: the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. This is a show worth watching, and cable shouldn’t hold you back, especially if you consider yourself among the millions of college basketball fans. Follow along to find out where and when to watch March Madness 100 percent free of cable.

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When Is UNC vs. Kansas? What Channel Is UNC vs. Kansas?

With March Madness coming to an end, we finally have the two teams who will battle it out for the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UNC (8) vs. Kansas (1). While the Kansas Jayhawks were slated as a first seed from the beginning, the North Carolina Tar Heels have come through the ranks and battled some top-tier contenders to end up in this position. If you want to stream the NCAA Championship, then you need all the details for tonight's game:

  • When's the UNC vs. Kansas national title match: Monday, April 4
  • What time is UNC vs. Kansas: 9:20 p.m. ET / 6:20 p.m. PT
  • Where's UNC vs. Kansas occurring: Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • What channel is showing UNC vs. Kansas: TBS

The following encompasses the full schedule from the tournament as a recap of how we got to the national title game:

March Madness Schedule

Round Teams Date Channel
First Four Texas Southern (16) defeated vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (16) 76-67 6:40 p.m. ET on 3/15 truTV
First Four Indiana (12) defeated Wyoming (12) 66-58 9:10 p.m. ET on 3/15 truTV
First Four Wright State (16) defeated Bryant (16) 93-82 6:40 p.m. ET on 3/16 truTV
First Four Notre Dame (11) defeated Rutgers (11) 89-87 9:10 p.m. ET on 3/16 truTV
First Round Michigan (11) defeated Colorado State (6) 75-63 12:15 p.m. ET on 3/17 CBS
First Round Providence (4) defeated South Dakota State (13) 66-57 12:40 p.m. ET on 3/17 truTV
First Round Memphis (9) defeated Boise State (8) 64-53 1:45 p.m. ET on 3/17 TNT
First Round Baylor (1) defeated Norfolk State (16) 85-49 2 p.m. ET on 3/17 CBS
First Round Tennessee (3) defeated Longwood (14) 88-56 2:45 p.m. ET on 3/17 CBS
First Round Richmond (12) defeated Iowa (5) 67-63 3:10 p.m. ET on 3/17 truTV
First Round Gonzaga (1) defeated Georgia State (16) 93-72 4:15 p.m. ET on 3/17 TNT
First Round North Carolina (8) defeated Marquette (9) 95-63 4:30 p.m. ET on 3/17 TBS
First Round New Mexico State (12) defeated UConn (5) 70-63 6:50 p.m. ET on 3/17 TNT
First Round Saint Peter's (15) defeated Kentucky (2) 85-79 7:10 p.m. ET on 3/17 CBS
First Round Saint Mary's (5) defeated Indiana (12) 82-53 7:20 p.m. ET on 3/17 TBS
First Round Creighton (9) defeated San Diego State (8) 72-69 7:27 p.m. ET on 3/17 truTV
First Round Arkansas (4) defeated Vermont (13) 75-71 9:20 p.m. ET on 3/17 TNT
First Round Murray State (7) defeated San Francisco (10) 92-87 9:40 p.m. ET on 3/17 CBS
First Round UCLA (4) defeated Akron (13) 57-53 9:50 p.m. ET on 3/17 TBS
First Round Kansas (1) defeated Texas Southern (16) 83-56 9:57 p.m. ET on 3/17 truTV
First Round Ohio State (7) defeated Loyola Chicago (10) 54-41 12:15 p.m. ET on 3/18 CBS
First Round Auburn (2) defeated Jacksonville State (15) 80-61 12:40 p.m. ET on 3/18 truTV
First Round Texas Tech (3) defeated Montana State (14) 97-62 1:45 p.m. ET on 3/18 TNT
First Round Purdue (3) defeated Yale (14) 78-56 2 p.m. ET on 3/18 TBS
First Round Villanova (2) defeated Delaware (15) 80-60 2:45 p.m. ET on 3/18 CBS
First Round Miami (10) defeated Southern California (7) 68-66 3:10 p.m. ET on 3/18 truTV
First Round Notre Dame (11) defeated Alabama (6) 78-64 4:15 p.m. ET on 3/18 TNT
First Round Texas (6) defeated Virginia Tech (11) 81-73 4:30 p.m. ET on 3/18 TBS
First Round Illinois (4) defeated Chattanooga (13) 54-53 6:50 p.m. ET on 3/18 TNT
First Round Duke (2) defeated Cal State Fullerton (15) 78-61 7:10 p.m. ET on 3/18 CBS
First Round Iowa State (11) defeated LSU (6) 59-54 7:20 p.m. ET on 3/18 TBS
First Round Arizona (1) defeated Wright State (16) 87-70 7:27 p.m. ET on 3/18 truTV
First Round Houston (5) defeated UAB (12) 82-68 9:20 p.m. ET on 3/18 TNT
First Round Michigan State (7) defeated Davidson (10) 74-73 9:40 p.m. ET on 3/18 CBS
First Round Wisconsin (3) defeated Colgate (14) 67-60 9:50 p.m. ET on 3/18 TBS
First Round TCU (9) defeated Seton Hall (8) 69-42 9:57 p.m. ET on 3/18 truTV
Second Round North Carolina (8) defeated Baylor (1) 93-86 12:10 p.m. ET on 3/19 CBS
Second Round Kansas (1) defeated Creighton (9) 79-72 2:40 p.m. ET on 3/19 CBS
Second Round Michigan (11) defeated Tennessee (3) 76-68 5:15 p.m. ET on 3/19 CBS
Second Round Providence (4) defeated Richmond (12) 79-51 6:10 p.m. ET on 3/19 TNT
Second Round UCLA (4) defeated Saint Mary's (5) 72-56 7:10 p.m. ET on 3/19 TBS
Second Round Saint Peter's (15) defeated Murray State (7) 70-60 7:45 p.m. ET on 3/19 CBS
Second Round Arkansas (4) defeated New Mexico State (12) 53-48 8:40 p.m. ET on 3/19 TNT
Second Round Gonzaga (1) defeated Memphis (9) 82-78 9:40 p.m. ET on 3/19 TBS
Second Round Houston (5) defeated Illinois (4) 68-53 12:10 p.m. ET on 3/20 CBS
Second Round Villanova (2) defeated Ohio State (7) 71-61 2:40 p.m. ET on 3/20 CBS
Second Round Duke (2) defeated Michigan State (7) 85-76 5:15 p.m. ET on 3/20 CBS
Second Round Iowa State (11) defeated Wisconsin (3) 54-49 6:10 p.m. ET on 3/20 TNT
Second Round Texas Tech (3) defeated Notre Dame (11) 59-53 7:10 p.m. ET on 3/20 TBS
Second Round Miami (10) defeated Auburn (2) 79-61 7:45 p.m. ET on 3/20 truTV
Second Round Purdue (3) defeated Texas (6) 81-71 8:40 p.m. ET on 3/20 TNT
Second Round Arizona (1) defeated TCU (9) 85-80 9:40 p.m. ET on 3/20 TBS
Sweet 16 Arkansas (4) defeated Gonzaga (1) 74-68 7:09 p.m. ET on 3/24 CBS
Sweet 16 Villanova (2) defeated Michigan (11) 63-55 7:29 p.m. ET on 3/24 TBS
Sweet 16 Duke (2) defeated Texas Tech (3) 78-73 9:39 p.m. ET on 3/24 CBS
Sweet 16 Houston (5) defeated Arizona (1) 72-60 9:59 p.m. ET on 3/24 TBS
Sweet 16 Saint Peter's (15) defeated Purdue (3) 67-64 7:09 p.m. ET on 3/25 CBS
Sweet 16 Kansas (1) defeated Providence (4) 66-61 7:29 p.m. ET on 3/25 TBS
Sweet 16 North Carolina (8) defeated UCLA (4) 73-66 9:39 p.m. ET on 3/25 CBS
Sweet 16 Miami (10) defeated Iowa State (11) 70-56 9:59 p.m. ET on 3/25 TBS
Elite Eight Villanova (2) defeated Houston (5) 50-44 6:09 p.m. ET on 3/26 TBS
Elite Eight Duke (2) defeated Arkansas (5) 78-69 8:49 p.m. ET on 3/26 TBS
Elite Eight Kansas (1) defeated Miami (10) 76-50 2:20 p.m. ET on 3/27 CBS
Elite Eight North Carolina (8) defeated Saint Peter's (15) 69-49 5:05 p.m. on 3/27 CBS
Final Four Kansas (1) defeated Villanova (2) 81-65 6:09 p.m. ET on 4/2 TBS
Final Four North Carolina (8) defeated Duke (2) 81-77 8:49 p.m. ET on 4/2 TBS
Championship UNC (8) vs. Kansas (1) 9:20 p.m. ET on 4/4 TBS

March Madness 2022 Bracket

Looking for the 2022 March Madness bracket? We put together our own bracket graphic below that you can use to follow along with the tournament results. Need your own bracket for home? Print it for yourself as the tournament progresses!

2022 March Madness Bracket from CordCutting.com

How to Watch UNC vs. Kansas Online Without Cable

Like many big sporting events, March Madness gives us lots of ways to watch online. The best-known option is the NCAA March Madness Live app but know that if you’re cord-cutting, the only streaming service you can use to view this March Madness app is DIRECTV STREAM. Simply open up the March Madness Online app on your smart device, and under settings, select DIRECTV STREAM as your streaming provider. Voila! You’re in and ready to watch!

TBS is the official host of the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game between UNC and Kansas. You can stream the national title game on TBS using these streaming services: DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

Stream UNC vs. Kansas with DIRECTV STREAM

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DIRECTV STREAM is a premier streaming service providing both live TV and on-demand selections. DIRECTV STREAM offers four tiers of service, each with its own channel lineup. Additionally, you can choose add-ons to customize your streaming package. March Madness devotees should be happy to know all networks airing March Madness games (CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV) are featured on DIRECTV STREAM. DIRECTV STREAM is one of the only streaming providers you can use to access all games on the official March Madness Live App.

Stream UNC vs. Kansas with Hulu

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Hulu + Live TV got high marks from us in our Hulu + Live TV review primarily due to its competitive pricing and a vast selection of both live TV and on-demand programming. With Hulu + Live TV, basketball fans will have access to CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV — all of the channels carrying March Madness games this year. When you subscribe to Hulu, you’ll have three options from which to choose. To watch live TV programming, be sure to select the Hulu + Live TV option.

Stream UNC vs. Kansas with Sling TV

Start Slinging

Sling TV is the longest-tenured live TV streaming service on the market, and it's been a favorite of ours since the very first edition of our much-updated Sling TV review. These days, Sling TV has a bit of an issue with major networks — a couple are missing from the Sling TV channel list, and CBS is among those that are MIA. The good news is that TBS, TNT, and TruTV are all available through Sling TV, so you'll still have plenty to watch. Just be sure to pair Sling TV with another solution, like Paramount Plus or an over-the-air antenna, to ensure that you can catch all of the games.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a live TV streaming service that offers a cable-like bundle of live TV channels. It competes with the likes of Hulu + Live TV and Sling TV, and it does a pretty good job of holding its own. YouTube TV is a strong option for March Madness because it includes CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV — meaning you can catch every game of the tournament on this service.

March Madness Live

Some streaming apps demand that users sign in with pay-TV information. We don't usually include these in our “How to Watch” lists because they aren't “stand-alone” solutions — you still need to pay for cable, satellite, or another form of pay TV (streaming services like Hulu + Live TV can often activate these apps as well).

The March Madness Live app is a little different, though, and we really like it. You can stream three hours on this app for free, no cable login required. That's a far cry from unlimited free NCAA Tournament streaming, but it's also nothing to sneeze at — that will net you a game or two, and can be especially helpful if you have CBS via an antenna or Paramount Plus and just want to grab a little bit of TBS, TNT, or TruTV action on the side.

If you have a DIRECTV STREAM subscription you can also access the March Madness Live app — which may serve as a convenient central hub of games so you don’t have to channel hop to find the one you want. March Madness Live is available on the NCAA’s website as well as in apps for iOS, Android, and other platforms.

Can I Watch March Madness on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

Great news: our favorite streaming options for March Madness work really well with our favorite streaming devices and platforms. It's a breeze to set up live TV streaming options like Hulu + Live TV on devices like the Roku Ultra. Let's take a closer look at the full compatibility chart!

Roku Fire TV Apple TV Chromecast iOS Android Web browser
DIRECTV STREAM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hulu + Live TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sling TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
YouTube TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

You don’t need to pin yourself to a TV to watch March Madness events. Take it on the go with you on most smartphones, tablets, or other smart devices.

More College Basketball Streaming Recommendations

Madness is a state of mind, so don't limit yourself to streaming just the big games. If you're looking for news, recaps, and coverage, we recommend streaming ESPN or FS1 network. ESPN Plus is a robust streaming choice for die-hard sports fans, as it will augment your regular sports diet with even more live sports, news and analysis, event replays, and on-demand sports documentaries and specials.

Don't forget that the women's NCAA tournament is in March, too. That tournament's home is the ESPN family of networks. And when all is said and done, get ready for next year by checking out our complete guide to watching college basketball without cable, from the opening tip-off to the final buzzer of the championship game.

3 thoughts on “How to Watch 2022 March Madness Without Cable: UNC vs. Kansas

  1. Faye says:

    You can watch all the games on the Internet. Use an incognito window of Chrome so you don’t get timed out.

  2. Kathleen Phillips says:

    What about the women’s games? Always left out!

    1. charley says:

      the last paragraph mentions the women’s being on ESPN

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